Eva Marie Discusses Working With Doudrop, How They Clicked Before Meeting

Eva Marie returned to WWE television on June 14, but she didn't come alone.

Eva was advertised to fave Naomi, but instead, her protege Doudrop (formerly Piper Niven) took her place, easily defeating Naomi.

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Speaking to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions, Eva explained how the partnership came together.

"Doudrop is a savage, she's phenomenal. Don't get it twisted, I handpicked her from NXT UK because she is 'that bomb.' Even though we have an altercation a little here and there, sometimes you have to show some tough love," Eva said, discussing the in-character slap she delivered on WWE Raw. "She's incredible and I love working with her. Not only an incredible athlete, but some people...I'm really fortunate because when we first met, we exchanged messages prior to meeting in person and we just hit it off. We knew we were going to be working together, we just didn't know what it was going to look like quite yet. Once we started to communicate and exchange messages, we just meshed extremely well."

When asked how the idea was pitched to them, Eva replied, "It was basically pretty simple. You know how WWE is, you think storylines are going to go a certain way or certain pitches and it completely transforms and goes a whole other direction. The gist of it all was that I would have a protege and we would take over the locker room and the division, which we're slowly but surely doing."

Eva is set to take on Alexa Bliss at WWE SummerSlam.

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